Jurgen Klopp has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association after he raced onto the pitch to celebrate Liverpool’s dramatic, stoppage-time derby winner.
The German sprinted 40 yards from his technical area to embrace goalkeeper Alisson after substitute Divock Origi capitalised on a disastrous blunder from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford to give the home side a 1-0 victory over their rivals at Anfield.
Klopp claimed he apologised to Marco Silva, something the Toffees boss later refuted, and described his actions as ‘not cool’. He now has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.
An FA spokesman said: ‘Jurgen Klopp has been charged with misconduct relating to his behaviour in the 96th minute of the game between Liverpool and Everton yesterday. He has until 6pm on 6 December 2018 to respond to the charge.’
Klopp said: ‘Immediately after the game I apologised to Marco Silva when we spoke to each other. I told him how much I respect his work, because it’s incredible what he has done with that team. They are just a really outstanding side.
‘Derbies are always difficult games but this was a completely different difficult to the last few years. What can I say about it? I didn’t want to run. It was not in my plan. I didn’t want to run to Ali, I couldn’t stop obviously. Not cool, but it happened.
The more important things happened during the 95 minutes. Again, all my respect for Everton, really good. Both teams delivered a proper fight, a proper derby from the first second. Our high pressure was outstanding, our counter-press was really the highest level.
‘Football wise we had a lot of really good moments, we tried to control the game and it was difficult as they closed the spaces really well. We could have had a few moments better, but we had our moments.’
Pickford apologised to his team-mates and Everton’s supporters following his costly fumble which came as he tried to deal with a looping, seemingly harmless Virgil van Dijk volley.
‘It was a freak one,’ he said. ‘The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar.’